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November 23, 1997updated 03 Sep 2016 9:04pm

MICROSOFT “MISLEADS CUSTOMERS OVER YEAR 2000 COMPLIANCY”

By CBR Staff Writer

Software Giant Microsoft Corp is lulling its users in to a false sense of security by stating that its products are Year 2000 ready, claims a new report. The Giga Information Group says some products and many applications developed using Microsoft products are neither Y2K ready nor Y2K compliant. Despite assurances from the company, much of its installed base faces Y2K problems because of the way they were developed using Y2K- ready products, such as Windows 3.x, Windows 95, and Exchange Server 4.0. They will require fixing to make them fully compliant. Giga analyst Stephanie Moore claims Microsoft is trying to shirk responsibility on to developers by encouraging developers to use two digit numbers in their manuals, instead of the four digits year format required for Y2K compliancy. According to Moore, the company refuses to warranty its products which further decreases its credibility. Giga, a UK consultancy, is based in Luton, Bedforshire.

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